I once worked for a small company where the two owners were so focused on the perks of owning the business that they forgot how to run it. They leased expensive cars and hired employees they couldn’t afford so that they could be The Managers. They also shut down at noon on Friday, and then broke out the dart board and the booze, so they and their employees could play all afternoon.
Now, I may not know much, but I do know that these men robbed themselves of ten percent of the work week on those Friday afternoons. Worse, they insisted on putting the perks before the work (as in the cart before the horse). In their case, as the biz went belly up, you could say they had put the cart before the hearse. (Go ahead and boo!)
My point: Yes, perks and other trappings are nice but not vital. You have to earn them. Work first, and make play and being a big shot second … or maybe third or fourth. Actually, consider that the opportunity to put in long, perhaps grueling hours in your business is a perk in itself. I know it is for me. So, work hard. Make money. Have fun. — jri
“The lust for comfort murders the passion
of the soul, and then walks grinning in the
– Khalil Gibran
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